Merry Christmas Everybody 

Since we have done Friday Song on the blog – 2007 – we seem to have rotated Kirsty and the Pogues with Low, alternate years. I started to have a look for something different which does not feature on the Best Xmas Album of All Time” type collection – but, as ever, work things happened. […]


This sort of makeitupaswegoalongery is driving our Costs Drafting team mad. Along with experts hourly rates. LF1 out of time rejections are escalating too.


“This is a resignation issue for me. It is effectively the end of my professional career” So began a conversation with one of today’s failed appellants, just after she had received the initial notice refusing her firm a contract. With a career lifetime behind her in a Family department delivering and dependant upon, a major […]

The Curse of the JRS Xmas Party 

Family Procurement appeal notifications, so far all in the negative, are arriving. They were sent after office hours yesterday and, unless the pattern breaks, seem to demonstrate a blanket policy decision not to allow even the right of an appeal, let alone to consider the merits of individual cases. There will certainly be appellants who […]

JRS Holiday Dates 

We “officially” close tomorrow, 21st, and re-open on 3rd January 2012. Andy and Simon will be available on the phones in-between, and for emergencies. Can we take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and, hopefully, a prosperous New Year.

Family Procurement 

At the risk of increasing the already high levels of paranoia in this regard please be aware that today is the deadline for certain “verification” actions regarding next years contracts. You should by now have provided Supervisor Declarations, Indemnity forms (if you have limited liability) and sent a verification message, including their reference number, confirming […]

Fees & Cuts 

We are beginning to get regular questions about the Family Higher Standard Fees and the Family Advocacy Scheme. None of this is helped by the current version of the Payment Annex which contains fees with the yet to be applied 10% reductions. This is the clearest statement on the issue from a tendering Q&A. A. […]

Praise Due III 

Common sense and nice correspondence on an appeal matter today – has the world tuned upside down. There you see I did get the Hat trick.

A Design for Life 

Manics tomorrow night, dragging Mrs SP so here is her favourite track, she particularly likes the first line too;

Praise Due II 

Well it is LSC, London Bus syndrome. Just had another positive, helpful and friendly interaction with someone at the LSC. Shall I try for the Hat-trick tomorrow – no I’ll go and see the Manics in London instead.